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Melon Headband Android SDK

It appears that the Melon Headband Alpha Android SDK is no longer available from Melon. See Melon Headband — Android Beta.

Below is a copy of the SDK that I received in April 2015. I successfully built and ran the AndroidMelonBasicSample application on my Motorola phone. It actually communicated with the Melon headband!

Melon was purchased by DAQRI in February 2015. They still maintain a Melon product page, but the Google+ Melon Headband – Android Users community (see update below) has been all but silent for over 6 months.  That plus the website message “We’re back in the lab crafting new things” is a good indication that Melon development is no longer active.

Download: AndroidMelonSDKSample.zip.

Update (4/6/16): The community has shut down:

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Melon Headband — Android Beta

About 2 years ago (May 2013) I backed this Kickstarter project:  Melon: A Headband and Mobile App to Measure Your Focus. I received the hardware (headband and accessories) about a month ago.
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The Android application became available yesterday.

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I’m having trouble focusing (according to the Melon anyway), but at least the device and software seem to be functioning. As expected, the software needs a lot of work. No use in bashing beta software though.

I just downloaded the alpha SDK. Now the real fun begins…

Company link: Melon

Canine Mind Reading

That’s right! It is wallace-shawn-inconceivable that the Indegogo No More Woof campaign raised over $22,000 from 231 contributors. The project has been around since late 2013, but this is the first time I’ve run across it (via the recent IEEE article below). I just couldn’t resist posting the picture.

It goes without saying that the Scandinavian-based company NSID (currently “hibernating”) failed to deliver on its promise. This is well chronicled by IEEE: The Cautionary Tale of “No More Woof,” a Crowdfunded Gadget to Read Your Dog’s Thoughts.

The article even mentions Melon, a human EEG headband Kickstarter that I was involved with. I feel fortunate that I actually received a working device.

BCI is very difficult even under the best of circumstances with humans. I think the correct thought sequence for working with any EEG-based device is:

  1. “I’m excited”
  2. “I’m curious who that is?”
  3. “I’m tired”

Woof!

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